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3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  2,603 Ratings  ·  389 Reviews
In the dim light of the darkroom, I'm alone, but not for long.
As white turns to gray, Kate is with me.
The background of the dance studio blurred, so the focus is all on her
legs extended in a perfect soaring split.
The straight line to my squiggle,
my forever-best friend.

Sixteen-year-old Liz is Photogirl—sharp, focused and confident in what she sees through her camera lens. C
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Jun 11, 2011 Lora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of verse novels
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

Kimberly Marcus' debut, Exposed, focuses on Liz Grayson, a girl with a real talent for photography and an even more real and long-standing friendship with Kate Morgan.
Liz and Kate are the type of friends who spend copious amounts of time together - and any one can tell from the right angle that they are as close as sisters.
Until the one night that changes everything. Until a spat leads to Liz's biggest regret, Kate's life altering tragedy, and someone else equally close
Apr 12, 2011 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Thoughts: There are books you expect to love that disappoint. There are books you think will be okay, and they are just okay. Then there are books that you don't expect to like and they completely blow you away.

Exposed falls into that last category.

Before I even opened the book, I didn't think I was going to like it. Maybe because it's from a debut author that I haven't seen much buzz about. Maybe because it's written in free verse and I thought it would be an Ellen Hopkins knock-off. Maybe b
Jun 08, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, well, this book was alright, but nothing more.

This book is about Liz Grayson, a 16 year old girl who is obsessed with photography, and her forever-best friend, the dancer. Kate Morgan. It is about what happens to them, and Liz's life, and Liz's family, after Kate accuses Liz's brother Mike of rape. I loved the concept of this book, and I thought that it was written well.

there are several things I did not like. One was that it was a very very fast read, almost too fast. I finished
May 01, 2011 Wanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, reviewed

"Exposed" is Kimberly's debut book and I must say she did a good job for this being her first book. In "Exposed" her writing was a bit different from any other book I've read. Each page was like a different scene. It made it so so easy to read and so easy to get into. I never once felt like putting the book down. And I sincerely felt sooo bad for her main character Liz. She takes you through Liz's dilemmas. And you can't help to wish for the best outcome for her.

Have you ever had a BFF that yo
Amanda (Born Bookish)
This is definitely on my list of top in-verse novels that I have read so far. It does contain some tough subject matter, especially for the younger audience. I don’t want to go into detail because that would spoil the twist. I really liked the authors writing style. The verses were short and sweet, just how I like them.

I felt like I was able to connect with the main character, Liz, very easily through her love for photography. I’m no photogirl but I do love taking pictures, and I’m actually taki
Kerryn (RatherBeReading)
I really really enjoyed this.

I loved the portrayal of all of Liz's different relationships in this book, those with her brother, her parents, her boyfriend and particularly that of her friendship with Kate.

I was definitely emotionally connected to the story, despite how quick of a read it is, it brought me to tears.

I found Liz extremely relatable in how conflicted she was in what and who to believe.

I have seen a couple of reviews that talk about that they don't like how this story was resolved,
Personal Response:
I thought this book was pretty good. It wasn't a favorite of mine, and it took me longer than it should have to read. I thought this was because I wasn't necessarily glued to it. I had predicted a rumor would spread about the main character, but it was about her brother instead. The rumor affected her life as if it were about her, though. I was conflicted about the rumor, whether it was true or not. At times I thought it was made up, but at other times I believed it. At the en
Mar 30, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: it-s-not-poetry
This review originally appeared on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves

FNL Character Rating: Becky Sproles, in Season 4’s heart-wrenching “I Can’t” episode.

It’s the fall of senior year.

Elizabeth Grayson is focused.

On her camera.
Her portfolio.
Her art school applications.

Her life.
Her photos.
Are clear.

She’s focused along with Kate, touchingly dubbed by Liz as,

The straight line to my squiggle,
my forever-best friend.

But everything changes after one night at their monthly sleepover, when the cloudiness of l
Feb 15, 2011 Shelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a 5 star giving kind of girl. That kind of a rating is reserved for books that "knock me off my feet," so to speak. Well, this one did just that, so I didn't hesitate when I posted my completion on EXPOSED's Goodreads page.

This is the first book I've read that was written in free verse, but I'm ready to read more. More free verse and more about Liz...what happens to her? She goes through a lot in just one book, that I'd like to read more of her story. The use of free verse makes this a q
Sarah (YA Love)
I’m a huge fan of novels written in verse and Kimberly Marcus’s debut novel Exposed did not disappoint. Marcus makes her writing look effortless; it reads and flows with ease. One of the best aspects of stories written in verse is that the author has to be so picky about word choice. There isn’t as much room to explain and develop the story as there is in prose, so it forces the author to put even more thought into the words she uses to convey her meaning and tell her story. (At least I’m assumi ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
Grade: B

Teen photographer Liz sees life from her camera's lens and the view is picturesque, a best friend Kate, boyfriend, likely acceptance to her dream college, a great family. Until an argument at a sleepover with her BFF. Now Kate is claiming Liz's brother Mike raped her that night and Liz doesn't know what to believe.

EXPOSED is a short, first person lyrical account of Liz's reactions. I enjoyed Kimberly Marcus's crisp writing style. Liz was caught in a no win situation and she was easy to
Jun 28, 2011 Brie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sixteen-year-old Liz Grayson is photogirl—sharp, focused and ready to take the world by storm with her camera. But Liz's entire life is called into question when her brother is accused of a crime—and the accuser is Liz's own best friend. As the aftershocks from that accusation rip through Liz's world, everything she thought she knew about photography, family, friendship and herself, shifts out of focus. And for the first time in her life, Liz finds herself unable to trust her own point o
Emily Benoit
Jul 02, 2011 Emily Benoit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reads-of-2011
This book was really good. It was utterly heartbreaking and filled with emotion. This one is Kimberly Marcus' Debut novel, written in verse. The way she writes this, captures your attention from page one. I found that she was extremely clever with the titles of each new verse, and this book really, truly pushed me to read, read, read. I finished this one in a day.

In the book, 16-year-old Liz is obsessed with photography, and her and her best friend Kate are inseperable. But after one unexplaine
Feb 06, 2013 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i felt that this book was okay, there was nothing the particularly set it apart from any other book about rape except that is was written in free verse. i felt like this book could have been so much better if it was longer and had different point of views, it could have been intense and angsty and really made you wonder if her really did it. i felt angered that mike just took it like it wasn't a big deal when it actually was there's no doubt about that. I felt that Kate was also acting like it w ...more
Ann Marie
Jul 07, 2011 Ann Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I was taken back by the lower than normally required word count...I mean hey, publishing houses have rules about these things...where did this Author get the idea she could just put a paragraph on each page?...but after a few pages it started to click, just like the picture labels they made worked...the story tells of a teenagers life and how everything changes without her simple conversation between two friends forever become strange ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
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This novel in verse very quickly establishes a mood – tense, painful, uncertain. There’s a powerful dynamic of trust and family and unforgivable accusations. 16-year-old Liz is caught in the middle, and is an emphatically realistic narrator. The poetic form suits her sharp emotions, and effectively heightens the energy.

On the other hand, this is not the kind of story that benefits from poetic play on words. Marcus falls back upon a few too many obvious double-meanings, trite phrasings, and fill
Isabelle Hernandez
This book is about girl and her best friend, her best friend Kate is an amazing dancer and Liz herself takes photos for a hobby. They called themselves forever-best until one night they were hanging out and something horrendous happens to Kate. They go from being best friends to never talking again.
I think this is a very good book and a fast read but the only bad thing about the book is the way its written. Exposed is written like a poem and there could be one page that only has one sentence so
Aug 05, 2015 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a heartbreaking story told from the perspective of a sixteen year old girl(view spoiler) about the struggles she faces after a few words are spoken by her best friend.

This novel, told in verse, shows how fragile life is, and how quickly it change in heartbeat. It also shows how sometimes its hard knowing what's true and not, especially in this case (view spoiler)
Rebecca McNutt
Exposed is a really great story about what happens when the picture you thought was clear about your life goes out of focus. I'm not sure about the poetry in this novel, at times it seemed out of place, but it was still a good book.
I thought this work by Kimberly Marcus was intense but a slow read. It is not particularly the type of book I would normally read. But, I do recommend it for people that are interested in drama and high school type books. I also liked how the book was set up as if each page was a different poem.
Sep 30, 2013 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First time I've read a novel in verse. Very moving premise of the story and that it was in verse enhanced the read.
Feb 14, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
4.5/5 stars.
I thought it was really good, and interesting. I didn't really connect with Liz and I really disliked Kate.
Great book! If you're a fan of verse novels, you'll want to pick this one up!
Alethea A
Jan 09, 2011 Alethea A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

gripping, intense, and brilliantly written book on a painful topic.
Feb 24, 2017 Aleacia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There was a girl named Liz that loved to take photos of things. Her and her best friend Kate where having a sleep over just like they always do every weekend. Kate and Liz got into a big fight about Kate wanting to quit dance and Kate said some things that she shouldn't have said. Liz leaves the room and goes upstairs and sleeps. Now Kate is telling everyone that Liz brother raped her. But Liz brother is saying that she was the one that wanted it. Now Liz and Kate arent friends anymore. Kate and ...more
Mar 14, 2017 Natalie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF, was not a fan at all of the narrator or her voice, everything just seemed quite juvenile. picked up at the poetry library while waiting for an event, read 60 pages, skipped forward to find out what happened.
Dec 19, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friendship is brutalized in the most permanent of ways in debut author Kimberly Marcus's Exposed.

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Liz is Photogirl—sharp, focused and confident in what she sees through her camera lens. Confident that she and Kate will be best friends forever.
But everything changes in one blurry night. Suddenly, Kate is avoiding her, and people are looking the other way when she passes in the halls. As the aftershocks from a startling accusation rip through Liz's world, everything she
Richie Partington
25 November 2010 EXPOSED by Kimberly Marcus, Random House, February 2011, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-375-86693-7

"Pieces from here and there
fall in place along the line
disappearing between you and me.
The flash of a distant camera
reconnecting thoughts and actions,
fragments of our missing dreams."
-- Neil Young, "Distant Camera"

"Bringing to Light

I slip the photo paper
into the developing solution,
sway it around with black plastic tongs
and wait.

The hum of air from the overhead vent,
the swish of chemicals,
Feb 22, 2015 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
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“Like an unprotected photograph
some friendships fade.
People grow apart, lose touch,
want different things.
Dreams, woven together,
“Because nobody needs to tell
Elizabeth Grayson,
to focus.”
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